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The competition is going to be frantic and fun tomorrow evening as Garrett Plummer pits his paintbrush against 11 others in an artistic frenzy that will surely leave buckets of oil and acrylic spilled all over the floor.

Art Battle is a novel concept that has taken rounds of competitions across the country. It pits a dozen painters up against the clock and each other in a three-round struggle for greatness. Each round of live painting takes only 20 minutes and the audience gets to vote the winners of each round. Eventually, there can be only one and that person gets crowned the victor of the competition, only to move up to the provincial battle. Eventually, a national artist supreme gets named.

This is the 333rd such competition that has taken place in Canada since the whole thing got started seven years ago. Two years ago, Sturgeon County painter Nataliya Bukhanova tried her hand in Art Battle 64.

Plummer is making a big name for himself as one of the newest artists with the Visual Arts Studio Association and within the metro Edmonton area. He’s made his mark in St. Albert also for his thickly spread canvases as part of his work with the Goop of Seven. He’s perhaps best known for his “marble track” paintings – works that include intricate roller coaster-like tracks for one to let their marbles loose on. They don’t come together overnight, he admitted.

Because of Art Battle’s strict timeline for competition, he figures that he has to change up his painterly strategy in order to complete a work so quickly. This is his second time around for this local competition so he knows what he’s in for.

“After the first event, I came to the conclusion that since my usual style of painting takes hours/days/months to complete that I should try something completely different that suits the event,” he stated. “So my training is to think about it as little as possible and once I get there to just feel the atmosphere and energy and then release it all onto the canvas.”

“The last time, as soon as it started, I took my shirt off and started painting with that. I know my ‘technical skill’ would look amateurish and chaotic to some so I was hoping some performance art would help me along but it’s really all about what the canvas looks like in the end.”

The event ends with a silent auction of all of the paintings with the profits going to help send the winners to future competitions higher up the ladder.

Art Battle 333 takes place tomorrow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first battles begin at 7:30 p.m.

Joining Plummer in the arena of war will be last year’s Alberta champion Marianne Harris, Catie Linton, Christine Hassay, Just Joe Clarke, Kaitlyn Dirk, Karolina Bil, Lorraine Altmiks, Margaret Currie, Naedene Jeanes, Savanah Schlosser, and Valdengrave Okumu.

Knoxville’s Tavern is located at 10736 Jasper Ave. in Edmonton. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students with valid I.D. Visit www.artbattle.ca/ab/ab333-edmonton for more information or to buy tickets.

Former Art Beat featured artist Fatima Khair is joining five other visual artists to present an art show and sale called Alberta Landscapes and More to kick off the merry month in Stony Plain.

Joining Khair are Chico Bulmer, Val Enders, Pete Jacobs, Cindy James, Vera Kennedy, and Dawn Klashinsky. The artists have agreed to donate 10 per cent of all sales to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

The exhibit will be on display Fri., Dec. 4 from noon to 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Stony Plain Legion is located at 4601 44 Ave. in Stony Plain.

The art and design students at the University of Alberta are putting their finishing touches on one big outburst of creativity.

Outburst: Art and Design Auction 2015 is a one-night only silent auction event in the grand salon style. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and music as they bid on pieces ranging from paintings, prints, sculptures and other forms of artwork and design pieces.

For many, this is their big moment to introduce their names and their talents to the larger artistic community. Proceeds will go to support the funding for the art and design graduation shows, which will take place in the Fine Arts Building Gallery in April.

The auction will feature Courtney Standing who recently had her work on display at Elevate Activewear during this year’s ArtWalk season. Inspired by energy and healing, the abstract artist is also interested in obtaining a master’s degree in art therapy.

She has also recently been involved with the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Apprenticeship program and had a show at the centre’s Stollery Gallery late in the summer. She also had work on display at the Daffodil Gallery during its Holdover Show after the Whyte Avenue Art Walk.

Outburst takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. The Telus Centre is located on 111 Street and 87 Avenue on the University of Alberta Campus. It is free to attend but guests are requested to adhere to semi-formal dress code.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.